Dr. Peter Swerling Award

In order to recognize the accomplishments of one of our founders, Dr. Peter Swerling, and the heritage of technical and business excellence he established for Technology Service Corporation, the Peter Swerling Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence is awarded to a TSC employee who has made a significant contribution to the growth and success of the company.  Dr. Swerling founded TSC in 1966.

He was probably the most influential radar theoretician of the second half of the 20th century, not only in the United States, but in the entire world.  Dr. Swerling's enduring fame was assured with the publication of his "Probability of Detection for Fluctuating Targets," written as a RAND report (March 1954) and later included in a special monograph issue, "Studies of Target Detection by Pulsed Radar," in the Transactions on Information Theory of the IRE (later IEEE) in April 1960. This landmark paper introduced the statistical classification of radar targets, which have been known ever since as the Swerling Cases I, II, III, and IV, and it determined the effect of these target statistics on radar detection performance.

Beyond his epoch making papers on the statistics and accuracy of radar target detection from the 1950s and 60s, Swerling remained at the forefront of radar technology for the rest of his life. He was one of the most important contributors to highly classified work on stealth technology. He served on many high-level U.S. government panels, and was a founder and CEO of Technology Service Corporation and another corporation specializing in radar technology. ¹

1 (From the SIAM website, Solomon W. Golomb, Communication Sciences Institute, University of Southern   California. April 9, 2001)

Awards have been made so far to Joseph Alder, Martin Peatross, Steven M. Kilberg, Steven Jaroszewski and to Nichole Lustre.


Nichole Lustre

Nichole Lustre of Systems Acquisition and Modernization Division's Indiana Operations is the recipient of the 2013 Peter Swerling Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence

In his remarks, Mike Syracuse commended Nichole's leadership ability, how her communication skills enable her to build successful teams, and how her efforts are key to TSC's future growth. As a Systems Engineer supporting sustainment efforts for the NSWC Crane Airborne Electronic Warfare Depot, Nichole has distinguished herself among her peer groups, and her engineering prowess has been recognized within the Government, academia, and TSC communities.

Nichole is experienced in systems engineering for module-level space qualified flight hardware, EO/IR, radar, RF and space systems, and sensor technologies. She provided the engineering management oversight for the delivery of several projects under the Radio Frequency Alliance (RFA), a non-profit program funded under the OSD Office of Technology Transition, created to transition innovative advanced RF technologies to military and commercial applications.

She is currently supporting Navy Depot Stand-up requirements at NSWC Crane where she is recognized as a go-to leader who solves the hard problems, taking troubled projects and applying her array of technical, communication, and management skills to correct the problems and get the projects back on schedule.

Nichole has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics/Pre-Engineering from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where she achieved a 3.88 GPA and was Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board National Honor Society. She also has a Bachelor of Science, System Science Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis where she attained a 3.81 GPA, Tau Beta Pi. Congratulations to Nichole for her outstanding efforts!


Steven Jaroszewski

Steven Jaroszewski is the recipient of the 2012 Peter Swerling Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. With nearly 30 years of experience, Steve heads the Radar Analysis group in Connecticut and is the “go-to” guy for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) processing at TSC. He has processed data from MB-SAR, GeoSAR, FORESTER, DCS, NuSAR, TUFSAR, TRACER and MP-RTIP to generate eye-watering SAR images for our cus­tomers. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut in Electrical Engineering and earned his MS in Engineering Systems and his Degree of Engineer for UCLA.

On the Gotcha Radar Exploitation Program (GREP) for the Air Force, Steve leads a team of engineers who have success­fully demonstrated real-time circular SAR imaging algorithms during flight tests at Wright-Patterson AFB. In June 2012, AFRL extended our GREP contract through 2015 with $2.4M of additional funding, largely due to Steve’s efforts. These efforts have enhanced TSC’s stature in the radar community, and will significantly increase TSC’s ability to win future radar programs.

On the TRACER effort, Steve directed and coordinated the work of seven engineers who developed SAR processing and display modules including sub-aperture processing, Polarimetric Change Detection and stereo DEM generation. Steve had overall responsibility for developing TRACER software to create SAR images for linear flight path collections, and performing tomographic processing for circular flight path collections. He handled this program with ease, managing all of the details necessary to deliver working

Steve has won and led numerous SBIR programs and other competitive efforts, including the develop­ment of interferometric and stereo SAR processing algorithms to generate highly-accurate terrain digital elevation models. He also developed innovative techniques to extract roads and characterize terrain from various sensor sources including SAR, LandSAT, photography and multi-band EO images. Steve has developed ground target tracking algorithms that exploited the contextual information produced by these algorithms to improve tracking performance. Steve’s early work on an Interferometric SAR workstation helped TSC to win over $14M in contracts on the GeoSAR program and produced novel mapping and intelligence products never before seen.

Like Peter Swerling, Steve masters both the details and the big picture to win and execute exciting new R&D programs for TSC.


Steven M. Kilberg
KilbergSteve Kilberg is the winner of the Peter Swerling Award for 2011.  Steve has made a very significant entrepreneurial contribution to the growth and success of TSC over the twelve years of his employment.  He leverages his technical expertise in sensors and air/space vehicles and program management skills along with his close, trusted relationships with major government customers to assist the government in generating program tasking and funding for critical national interest efforts and to involve TSC in these programs and create revenue. 

Because of his in-depth technical expertise, management experience, and high ethical standards, Steve is tasked routinely to be a trusted agent for several government program offices.  He assists in the management and technical oversight of priority programs.  This is a position of high value to the company, which enhances TSC’s reputation across government programs.

Steve is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan (BS – EE) and he did his graduate work in Ann Arbor.  He has training and experience in a wide variety of disciplines including System Engineering, Configuration Management, Earned Value Management, and Contract Law.  He has been published multiple times in the IEEE, AIAA, and SPIE journals as well as at the Tri-Service Radar Symposium and has held multiple fellowships from the University of Michigan and Ohio State University.  At Lockheed Martin, he was the Manager for Advanced Systems and Concepts and was responsible for the design and flight demonstration of advanced ISR sensors and ATR programs for the Air Force, Army, DARPA and other program offices, in addition to other responsibilities with image formation, algorithm development and performance validation. 

Over the past three years Steve has positioned TSC as a recognized expert company in integration and testing of sensor packages for Unmanned Air Vehicles.  During the past two fiscal years, his work with the Air Force supporting and developing and deploying UAV systems into war zones has resulted in over $30 million in actual sales and several new hires for the company.


Martin Peatross
Peatross PhotoMarty Peatross is the winner of the Peter Swerling Award for 2010. Since joining TSC nearly five years ago, Marty has made significant contributions to the growth of our business. As Director of Marine Corps Programs within Virginia Operations, he leveraged TSC's early successes and led the development of significant new business in an emerging market for the company – the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) in Quantico, VA. He holds a Master of Science in Information Warfare and Strategy from the National Defense University.

After a distinguished 29 year career in the US Marine Corps, retiring as a Colonel, Marty leveraged his proven command and leadership skills, his entrepreneurial drive, and his high ethical standards to establish TSC as a highly valued service provider in the community of companies serving the Marine Corps. He accomplished this in a market with unique contracting processes and procedures, one requiring close work with TSC's contracts and accounting staffs, as well as with nearly all other TSC Operations.

After helping to develop a business plan for growth in that market, he spearheaded the opening of a new office in Stafford in 2006 to show our commitment to growing the business and to partner with MCSC. We succeeded in our bid to become a prime contractor and built a team of subcontractors to broaden the skill base from which to win emerging tasks. He has acquired and built a very diverse and talented staff, one which represents new skills and competencies for TSC, skills that will position us for further growth.

Marty now manages a portfolio of assignments with over $11M of TSC revenue. His dedicated and persistent effort over the past five years has led to a stable and profitable business for the company. We continue to identify the Marine Corps market as one of the key growth areas over the next five years.


Joseph Alder
Alder PhotoJoe Alder was selected as the 2009 Swerling Award winner for his exceptional work supporting Navy Radar Programs using the Testable Component Environment model (TCE) which he developed over many years. TCE represents a significant technical breakthrough for developing and testing tactical radar control software in a robust and cost effective manner. A senior engineer at Lockheed Martin Maritime Sensors and Systems Division stated "TCE saved us dramatically for USS Bainbridge. If I had had TCE, I could have saved two years of difficult test time on 7P1." (7P1 was the last Aegis upgrade developed without TCE).

Joe heads the Sensor Systems Department of Washington Operations and has been a TSC employee for 16 years. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. His expertise is in software development, especially in modeling the performance of radar systems. The TCE product which he and his team developed runs the AN/SPY-1 tactical Radar Control Computer Program (RCCP) code in a desktop environment to simulate threat and environment scenarios, to exercise RCCP functionality (for debug and development), and to format data recording that can be read into both TCE and other, existing analysis tools.

Joe marketed TCE to new customers and for new applications. He developed a strong team of software engineers whose expertise is actively sought out by various Navy customers and by industry partners. He closed on new business opportunities that resulted in over $3M dollars of additional funding in FY 2009 and 2010.

One aspect of Joe's demonstrated entrepreneurial skill was the use of IR&D to enhance TCE and broaden its appeal to a wider market. He and his team developed the means to automate several TCE functions in response to the Navy's desire for an Auto Testing capability for performance assessment models. He engaged with new customers in the Navy mission planning community to extend TCE to tactical planning applications. By carefully establishing license agreements, Joe protected TSC's proprietary position as the provider and developer of the TCE product, while making it available to a broad customer base.

He has been very effective growing the size and capability of his software engineering team and maintaining its reputation for exceptionally high quality work. He has mentored and developed a highly capable technical team his team to the point where they often initiate and lead individual projects of their own.